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Author Topic:   hole in block for dipstick?
dode
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 417
posted April 18, 2002 09:10 AM UIN: 13209501
What the heck should I do to plug this thing up? Leaving it open would be a very bad thing. Thanks.

John

Flatlander
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 310
posted April 18, 2002 12:02 PM
We always plug ours BUT be sure you change your oil on a scheldule and be sure and look for leaks you must know your oil capacity and not forget about it and wait till next time you have to stay on top of it

Racer14K
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 247
posted April 18, 2002 12:10 PM
John, an 1/8" pipe tap fits right in the hole. Just tap threads into it and put a flush type 1/8" pipe plug in it. I do this with all my engines, works great.

dode
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 417
posted April 18, 2002 12:37 PM UIN: 13209501
Oh yeah, it get's changed on a regular basis. Is there something temp I can put in there for right now? I just realized it wasn't plugged until I poured 7 quarts of oil in. I really don't want to be tapping with clean oil in the motor. I am not ready to drain it yet. Thanks.

John

DodgeBoy76
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 73
posted April 18, 2002 01:29 PM
We put in a bolt with some blue silicon around it, and it seems to work, havent had any dirt or water get in the oil yet.

Flatlander
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 310
posted April 18, 2002 02:53 PM
I have put a rubber plug in then took a ***** and put it in the center of it to make it tight and sealed it with silicone

NWModracer
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 51
posted April 18, 2002 03:55 PM
I use a expansion plug. A small version of a freeze plug. I don't remember the size, put a little silicon around it and tap it in the hole. If you ever want to go back to a dipstick just drive it back out.

bbchs
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 30
posted April 19, 2002 06:40 AM
The cleanest thing to do is put a dip stick tube and use the dip stick. I have been building our motors for twenty years and never had a problem with it. The up side is that you never have any doubt about how much oil is in your engine. If you do, remember to put the lower half of the tube in the block first. Not a problem since it goes in from the top.

good luck...Chuck

dirtbuster
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 353
posted April 19, 2002 08:53 AM
I agree with the dipstick. We have always used one and never had any problems. But i know a lot of guys that plug theirs also.

If your pan does not have a check plug in it I would definetly recommend running the dipstick.

If you do have a check plug then I guess it is your decision whether you want to pull adipstick to check the oil or crawl underneath and pull the plug. Either way you need to be able to check it and keep it full.

dode
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 417
posted April 19, 2002 08:59 AM UIN: 13209501
Hey, thanks for the ideas guys. I haven't found a dipstick yet that will fit it, so I have to go another route for now. It does have a check in the pan, so we have that. Plus, the oil gets changed quite often (how often should we really change it? Valvoline SAE 50 with a racing filter). Thanks.

John

dirtbuster
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 353
posted April 19, 2002 10:18 AM
When we run conventional oil(Kendall 20w50) we would change the oil and filter every 2 nights.

When we run synthetic (Mobil 1 15W50) we will change the filter every 2 nights and go 4-6 nights on the oil. I know that may sound like we are stretching it on the oil but we have never had any problems and the bearings and everything else look like new when the motor comes apart over the winter. Plus the mobil1 keeps the insides cleaner.

I know it may sound expensive but if you add up the cost of our conventional schedule and synthetic schedule it is actually cheaper with the synthetic and you get better protection as a plus.

I know some guys go 6,7, 10 weeks on conventional oil and sometimes they make it but oil is cheap compared to a new engine so it doesn't hurt anything by changing it often.

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dirttracker98
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 139
posted April 19, 2002 11:52 AM
Take a hammer and drive a wood peg in it,you can probably get one off a sapling out behind the shop,or the neighbors back yard,that way you won't be out no cash money,unless you whack your thumb or finger a holdin' it!!!"Cheap at twice the price"

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